Tag: South China Sea
Beijing confirms that a Chinese vessel hit a Philippine fishing boat in a collision which has increased tensions in the disputed South China Sea but denies claims it was a 'hit and run'.
The boat on Sunday hit a Filipino craft anchored near Reed Bank causing it to sink and leaving 22 crewmen 'to the mercy of the elements'.
The ships will help 'law enforcement and capacity-building in the fisheries enforcement realm,' says Vice Admiral Fagan.
This comes in the wake of strong words exchanged between US and China during a regional security summit.
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China calls the US warship sail by the South China Sea as a violation of its sovereignty as high trade tensions between both countries continue.
The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which also include a trade war, US sanctions and Taiwan.
Hong Kong-based daily says Malaysia thwarting efforts by China to have bilateral mechanism to solve South China Sea dispute.
The week of joint drills comes after two other US warships sailed near islands in the region claimed by China.
The operation is the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters.
China was infuriated by a voyage last August by the HMS Albion near the Paracel Islands, calling it a 'provocation'.
In January, Hanjin Philippines filed for court rehabilitation proceedings as it grappled with a slump in the global shipping and shipbuilding industry.
Filipino flag-waving marchers chanted "China out" and brandished a banner saying "Defend our sovereign rights".
The US is “the only world power that is a bastion of democracy and human rights, is and will remain our only military ally.
Manila has been aiming to attract trade and investment from the Asian superpower.
Earlier this week the Philippines had filed a diplomatic protest over the presence of the ships.
China isn’t after Philippine territory and hasn’t asked for anything in exchange for the weapons and aid it’s given the Philippines, Duterte said
Last month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured the Philippines it would come to its defence if it came under attack in the South China Sea.
The prime minister says sea routes should remain open and free for all vessels.
Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan says the Natuna Islands on the edge of the South China Sea will be developed into a fishing hub.
Hammond was set to visit China for trade talks but has axed the trip after Beijing reacted angrily this week to news of a warship's planned deployment to the Pacific.
China defends its military installations in South China Sea and blames US for tensions created between the two.
China claims almost all of the strategic waters, and frequently lambasts the US and its allies for freedom of navigation naval operations near Chinese-occupied islands.
China is keen to beef up its armed forces amid territorial disputes in the South China Sea and escalating tension with the United States.